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History of Reigate School of Art

Originally founded in 1895, Reigate School of Art has a unique heritage of having successfully provided creative education for nearly 125 years.

TIMELINE: 1895 to the present day

1895 – The Redhill Technical Institute came into being incorporating Reigate – Redhill Art Classes.

1937 – It was upgraded to a Technical College and the school of arts and crafts relocated to Reigate.

1938 – Reigate – Redhill Art Classes achieve ‘Art School’ status and become Reigate and Redhill School of Arts and Crafts.

1948 – Request for additional classrooms at the Blackborough Road site due to growth in student numbers.

1983 – Redhill Technical College and the Reigate and Redhill School of Arts and Crafts became East Surrey College.

2002 – School of Arts and Crafts relocated from Reigate to a new building on the main East Surrey College campus in Redhill and was renamed Reigate School of Art, Design and Media.

2010 – the new state-of-the-art East Surrey College building was completed.

2015 – the Reigate School of Art, Design and Media becomes Reigate School of Art.

2019 – East Surrey College, incorporating Reigate School of Art, formally merged with John Ruskin College to form the overarching College Group: Orbital South Colleges.


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